Garden events and things to do this month

Find out what events, open gardens and more are happening this month

There’s a whole host of events happening this month that should satisfy all your horticultural needs. Here’s our selection of what not to miss.


Back to school with the RHS

It’s never too late to develop new skills and increase your gardening knowledge, and now is the time to enrol for the highly respected RHS horticultural qualifications starting in September. Courses, designed to fit around work and other commitments, are held at more than 80 approved centres across the UK, and you can choose between a theoretical or a practical, hands-on mode of study. rhs.org.uk/qualifications

Galanthus Mighty Atom Clan

Gardening for Wildlife

Get a head start on your New Year resolution to increase your garden knowledge by signing up for this new online course from Learning with Experts in partnership with the RHS. Led by Andy McIndoe, the four-lecture Gardening for Wildlife course shows how to make your garden attractive to wildlife, with ideas on plants to suit your garden. learningwithexperts.com

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Hidcote Through the Seasons with Rachel Dein

See how artist Rachel Dein has captured the delicate beauty of the changing seasons at Hidcote in this exhibition of her botanical casts of flowers and foliage collected in the historic gardens. Until end of March, free with garden admission. Hidcote Bartrim, nr Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire GL55 6LR. Tel 01386 438333, nationaltrust.org.uk/hidcote

An artwork by Rachel Dein
An artwork by Rachel Dein

Winter Sculpture Exhibition

Don’t miss RHS Rosemoor’s annual sculpture exhibition. This year the exhibition will see a host of new artists and includes a specially commissioned piece by Stan Jankowski. 14 November – 31 January 2020, 10am-5pm. Normal garden admission. RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8PH. Tel 01805 624067, rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

Fyvie Castle, Turriff, Aberdeenshire.
Fyvie Castle, Turriff, Aberdeenshire.
© National Trust for Scotland

Melvyn Evans: Imprinting the LandDiscover the work of artist, illustrator and printmaker Melvyn Evans in an exhibition of his work at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. 16 November 2019 – 23 February 2020, 10am-5pm. Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF4 4LG. Tel 01924 832631, ysp.org.uk 

Park life

The Royal Parks have long offered Londoners a green place to escape the stress of the city, but over the centuries they’ve become far more than a sanctuary for the capital’s ever-evolving population. They’ve been a meeting place for political protest and been at the heart of national celebrations, from jousts enjoyed by Henry VIII in Greenwich Park, to the world’s biggest children’s party held in Hyde Park in 1979. Now a new exhibition, Play, Protest And Pelicans: A People’s History of London’s Royal Parks, at the Garden Museum in London explores their secret histories, from royal hunting grounds to debauched pleasure gardens, and features paintings, drawings and photographs from the Hearsum Collection, the Royal Collection Trust, the Royal Museums Greenwich and the Museum of London that bring the fascinating history to life. 20 November – 9 February, £10. gardenmuseum.org.uk

RHS apprentice Harry Marshall poses with plants in an alpine glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley
RHS apprentice Harry Marshall poses with plants in an alpine glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley

Planting Design Diploma

Enrol now for the London College of Garden Design’s Planting Design Diploma starting in January 2020. Taught at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the course is aimed at garden designers, landscape architects and professional gardeners who want to expand their skills and expertise in planting design. Tel 01483 762955, lcgd.org.uk

Willow Bird Feeders Workshop

Learn how to make a selection of woven, willow bird feeders for your own garden, or to give as gifts, at RHS Wisley. 13 January, 10.15am-4.15pm. £96. Book by 9 January. Wisley Lane, Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB. Tel 01483 224234, rhs.org.uk

RHS Harlow Carr
© RHS/Lee Beel

Design Masterclass

Book now for a masterclass on Planting In A Post-Wild World with landscape architect Thomas Rainer, at Regent’s University London. 18 January 2020, 9.45am-4pm. £80 plus processing fee. Regent’s University London, Regent’s Park Campus, Inner Circle, London NW1 4NS. gilliangoodson.com

Your Garden in Winter

Propagation and preparing for the year ahead will keep you busy during the colder months, and this short course at Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden will show you how to stay occupied in your garden over winter. 18 January, 1-4pm. £30. Arboretum Place, Edinburgh EH3 5NZ. Tel 0131 248 2937. rbge.org.uk

RHS Wisley
© RHS Paul Debois

Therapeutic Horticulture

If you are in a health and care profession and appreciate the benefits of horticultural activities, this is for you. Learn from professionals from PoP Gardens at Waterperry Gardens. 22 January, 10am-4pm. £140. Waterperry, Oxfordshire OX33 1LA. Tel 07738 414056. popgardens.co.uk

Kenji Arimoto, Wind-Power Generation
Kenji Arimoto, Wind-Power Generation

The London Art Fair

The annual London Art Fair brings together over 130 galleries and showcases an incredible selection of works, alongside a curated programme including talks with art world experts, interactive performance art and more. Expect exceptional modern and contemporary art of our time, to discover and to buy. The Fair nurtures collecting at all levels, from prints and editions, to major works by internationally renowned artists. For a limited time only, Gardens Illustrated readers can book tickets and receive an exclusive 30% discount on a Day Ticket*. To claim this offer, enter USEHA30 at the online checkout. *booking fee of £1.75 applies. 22 to 26 January, Islington, from 11am on each day. Business Design Centre, Islington, London. Standard day ticket is from £17. Londonartfair.co.uk

Rose Pruning and Training

Don your gardening gloves and banish any fears of pruning for this course at Easton Walled Gardens, which balances theory with hands-on practice for pruning roses and looks at the skills required for training climbing and rambling roses. 23 January, 10am-12.30pm. £40. Easton Lane, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG33 5AP. Tel 01476 530063. visiteaston.co.uk

Introduction to Garden Design

Learn the essential skills needed to design your own garden on this course led by Cheri LaMay over six weeks, at RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire. Fridays from 24 January to 28 February, 10am-4pm. £486. Crag Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB. Tel 01423 565418, rhs.org.uk

Orticolario Festival
© Luciano Movio

Seasonal Gardening

This supportive workshop at the University of Bristol’s Botanic Gardens includes discussions on pruning, propagation and lawn maintenance, and an introduction to a range of plants that will enhance your spring garden. 25 January, 10am-4pm. £50. The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop, Bristol BS9 1JG. Tel 0117 428 2041. botanic-garden.bristol.ac.uk

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

The time has come once more to help the RSPB keep a track of garden wildlife by counting the birds you spot in your garden. Record the number and species of birds you spot over the course of an hour between 25 and 27 January and upload your sightings to rspb.org.uk

Orticolario Festival

Entries are now welcome for the 2020 Orticolario Festival, which takes place at Villa Erba on Lake Como from 2 to 4 October. The best garden design will be awarded the Lake Como Golden Leaf award. Applications should be sent in writing to info@orticolario.it by 31 January. For more details and an application form, visit orticolario.it

So You Want to be a Garden Designer

For those thinking about garden design as a career, this one-day course from the London College of Garden Design should help you make an informed decision. 1 February, 10am-4pm. £50. Regent’s University, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4NS. Tel 01483 762955, lcgd.org.uk

Designing with Plants

Book now for a place on a workshop on designing with plants, led by former nursery owner Mary Jarman Gain at RHS Hyde Hall, Essex. It covers plant selection and combinations for impact, as well as plants for problem situations. 7 February, 11am-1.30pm. £48. Creephedge Lane, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8ET. Tel 01245 402019, rhs.org.uk


Bosvigo House Hellbore Day

This annual hellebore day is on Saturday 22nd February 2020. Sales open at 10am with the gates opening at 9.30am with the gardens closing at 4pm. The money raised goes towards Shelter Box that helps people with disasters around the world. Bosvigo House, Bosvigo Lane, Truro, Cornwall, TR13NH. +44(0)1872 275774. www.bosvigo.com/